Minnie - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
There have been several references and suggestions regarding the book Babywise in the breastfeeding moms community, and I have done my best to counter it with sound advice.
What I wonder constantly when posters extoll the virtues of the apparant genius of babywise is how can they make a choice to nurse their babies and then follow the garbage that is in that book?
Why does one choose to nurse her child? Because it's what that baby needs? Then one would think that that mother is making an attempt to be sensitive to her child since she's nourishing (and comforting?) them with her body.
Then HOW can she go ahead and follow the advice in that book to deny her infant comfort and nutrition at her breast if he needs it earlier than every three hours? How can she go ahead and let her baby cry himself to sleep at night? How in the world can she say "it's hard, it takes a strong woman to do it, but it's best for the baby."? How can she choose to be sensitive to her child and then do this?
These threads are making me so sick and angry- that mothers can defend this man so vehemently when there is load of fact against him, that the AAP has condemned his book, and that he has absolutely no research to back up his advice.